Psalms 3
Threatened but Trusting
1A psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.#The superscription, added later, relates the Psalm to an incident in the life of David.#2 Sm 15:13ff.
2How many are my foes, Lord!
How many rise against me!
3#3:3, 3:5, 3:9] Selah: the term is generally considered a direction to the cantor or musicians but its exact meaning is not known. It occurs seventy-one times in thirty-nine Psalms.How many say of me,
“There is no salvation for him in God.”#Ps 71:11.
4But you, Lord, are a shield around me;
my glory, you keep my head high.#Ps 7:11; 18:3; 62:7–8; Dt 33:29; Is 60:19.
5With my own voice I will call out to the Lord,
and he will answer me from his holy mountain.
6I lie down and I fall asleep,
[and] I will wake up, for the Lord sustains me.#Ps 4:9; Prv 3:24.
7I do not fear, then, thousands of people
arrayed against me on every side.
8Arise, Lord! Save me, my God!
For you strike the cheekbone of all my foes;
you break the teeth of the wicked.#Ps 58:7.
9Salvation is from the Lord!
May your blessing be upon your people!#Ps 28:9; Jon 2:10.

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